- Atletico Madrid thumped city rivals Rayo Vallecano 7-0 on Monday evening to record their biggest ever away win in La Liga
- This was only the second time in the 21st century that Atletico Madrid have scored seven goals in a La Liga match since beating Getafe by the same scoreline in 2013
Atletico Madrid thumped city rivals Rayo Vallecano 7-0 on Monday evening to record their biggest ever away win in La Liga.
The Colchoneros were 3-0 up inside 36 minutes, thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay and Nahuel Molina. Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and Marcos Llorente netted four goals in 13 second-half minutes to seal the memorable win for Atletico. Morata netted twice.
This was only the second time in the 21st century that Atletico Madrid have scored seven goals in a La Liga match since beating Getafe by the same scoreline in 2013.
Speaking after his side hammered Rayo Vallecano, Atletico Madrid captain Antoine Griezmann said he was very happy with the performance.
“We had a great game from the start, with a lot of intensity. They’re three important points and I’m very happy with the team’s work.” BBC Sports quotes Antoine Griezmann.
Following the victory at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, Atletico Madrid have moved to second place with seven points. They are two points behind league leaders Real Madrid and above FC Barcelona and Girona on goal difference after three games.
How Atletico Madrid Hammered Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano faced Diego Simeone’s side after recording two wins from two La Liga matches against UD Almeria and Granada this season.
Two minutes into the match, Atletico Madrid were leading 1-0, thanks to France forward Antoine Griezmann. One goal led to another as Memphis Depay found the back of the net in the 16th minute. The Dutchman displayed his finishing prowess to give Atletico a 2-0 lead.
However, he didn’t play the whole game as he suffered an injury that led to Alvaro Morata replacing him in the 35th minute.
With Diego Simeone’s side in control of the match, they played the match relaxed. However, it wasn’t long before they increased their lead to 3-0. Nahuel Molina started a lung-busting run which ended with him scoring the third goal.
As the referee blew his whistle for full time, it was already clear that Atletico Madrid were winning this match. The score remained 3-0 until midway through the second half when Atletico embarked on another goal rush.
It started with Spain international Alvaro Morata taking advantage of poor defending by Rayo Vallecano to convert from inside 18 yards. Another error, this time by the goalkeeper, led to Atletico’s fifth goal of the night. He played the ball to Angel Correa who ended up chipping it into the net.
At this point, Rayo Vallecano were only waiting for the referee to blow his whistle for full time. However, the visitors still pushed forward in search of another goal. Their efforts paid off in the 84th and 86th minute as Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente found the back of the net. It was a night to remember for Diego Simeone’s side.